Scientific Program


Tuesday, 31 May


Early Processes: What Might Have Come Before the Beginning?
George Whitesides, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Hydrothermal Vents and the Origin of Life (Real Microbes)
William F. Martin, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Oral Poster Session #1
Posters 1 - 4

Towards Convergent and Cooperative Abiogenic Processes
Terry Kee, University of Leeds

Major Prebiotic Transitions as Stages of Protocellular Development
Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain

Chirality and Prebiotic Chemistry
Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

A New Model for the Origin of Cellular Life: Coupled Phases and Combinatorial Selection in Hydrothermal Pools
David W. Deamer, University of California Santa Cruz

Oral Poster Session #2
Posters 5 - 7

Constraining Chemical Models for the Origin of Darwinism
Steven Benner, The Foundation of Applied Molecular Evolution, Alachua, FL

Why and How Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Chemistry can Combine to Trigger the Logic of Biological Evolution
Robert Pascal, CNRS - Université Montpellier-2


Wednesday, 1 June


The Quest for Self-programming 'Evolvable' Chemistry
Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow

Systems Chemistry: Towards Darwinian Evolution of Self-replicating Molecules
Sijbren Otto, University of Groningen

Oral Poster Session #3
Posters 8 - 12

Synthesis of Out-of-equilibrium Oscillating Chemical Reaction Networks: Towards Living Materials
Wilhelm T.S. Huck, Radboud University Nijmegen

Towards Synthetic Cellularity via Protocell Design and Construction
Stephen Mann, University of Bristol


Thursday, 2 June


Nearer to Nature: Design and Optimization of Artificial Enzymes
Donald Hilvert, ETH Zurich

Biomimetic Molecular Design Tools that Learn, Evolve and Adapt
Dave A. Winkler, CSIRO, Clayton, Australia

The Evolutionary Potential of Promiscuous Enzyme Activities
Shelley Copley, University of Colorado at Boulder

G-Protein Coupled Receptors: Answers from Simulations
Timothy Clark, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg

Replication Towards Complexity with Thermal Gradients
Dieter Braun, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Chemical Selection of Proteogenic Amino Acids and Canonical Nucleotides
Matthew W. Powner, University College London

A Universal Class of Innocuous Chassies for Synthetic Biology
Antoine Danchin, Institut ICAN, Paris

The Potential Role of Metallopeptides in the Origins of Life
Sheref S. Mansy, University of Trento, Povo, Italy